June 2001 News
Marsha Chandler, the Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, has approved
the departmental nomination of Professor Todd Kontje as the
next Chair of the Literature Department. The nomination of Todd Kontje was the
result of a ballot vote by ladder-rank department faculty and the endorsement of
Georgios Anagnostopoulos, the Acting Dean of Arts and Humanities.
Todd Kontje, Professor of German and Comparative Literature, joined the
department in 1991 after receiving his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1984
and teaching for six years at Columbia University. He is the author of four
books on German aesthetics, genre theory, and literature from the eighteenth and
nineteenth centuries, and is currently at work on a fifth study on German
orientalism. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the
Humanities and the Guggenheim Foundation for 2001-02 to work on this book.
Because Professor Kontje will be on fellowship leave in 2001-02, he will
begin as Chair in July 2002, and it will be necessary for the department to have
an interim arrangement. Two experienced former chairs have agreed to serve as
Acting Chairs during the coming year: Louis Montrose has agreed
to be Acting Chair in Fall 2001, while Susan Kirkpatrick has
agreed to be Acting Chair in Winter/Spring 2002. Lisa Lowe will
continue to serve as chair until September 30, 2001.
The department is most grateful to Professor Lowe for her insightful and
dedicated leadership over the past three years and to Michael Davidson for his
committed service as Vice Chair. It extends its congratulations to Todd Kontje
on his appointment as the new Chair and its appreciation to Louis Montrose and
Susan Kirkpatrick for their willingness to serve as Acting Chairs in 2001-02.
John D. Blanco joins our department as Assistant Professor
of Literatures of the Americas as of July 1, 2001. He completed his
dissertation, "Vernacular Counterpoints: Indigenous Cosmopolitanism and the
Modern Aesthetic in Spanish-Filipino and Tagalog Literature and Culture
(1837-1896)" in the Comparative Literature Department at UC Berkeley this
May. Professor Blanco works in Spanish, Latin, Tagalog and English; his
comparatist approach allows him to study both the nineteenth-century Spanish
Caribbean and the Philippines, and traces the emergence of both national and
vernacular aesthetics that translate, in part, colonial Spanish Enlightenment
and Christian humanisms. He is the author of numerous published articles on
Filipino literature and aesthetics, and has translated and introduced Divergent
Modernities in Latin America: Culture and Politics in the Nineteenth Century,
by Julio Ramos (Duke University Press, 2001). John Blanco is at work on several
postdoctoral projects, one on the postcolonial subject in Cuba, Mexico and the
Philippines, a second on the 1898 U.S. war with Spain.
Sara Johnson-La O has accepted an appointment as Assistant
Professor of Literatures of the Americas, and will begin teaching here following
a UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship at UC Berkeley. Her dissertation,
"Migrant Recitals: Pan Caribbean Interchanges in the Aftermath of the
Haitian Revolution," written for the Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at
Stanford University, documents early nineteenth-century pan-Caribbean
intellectual and artistic exchanges among the cultures of Haiti, Cuba, the
Dominican Republic, and Louisiana. She focuses particularly on the expressive
cultures that emerge from the immigrations of French and French-Créole speaking
migrants into three former Spanish colonies, tracing a shared pan-Caribbean
culture that begins in the early nineteenth century. Professor Johnson-La O's
fluency in Spanish, French, and Haitian and Martinican Créoles have enabled her
to originate and pursue a study of the intercultural connections--in literature,
visual culture, and music and dance--among the migrant island populations in the
aftermath of the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804), which successfully founded the
second independent republic in the hemisphere. Her research on the intellectual,
social, and political exchanges between the peoples of Haiti, Cuba, the
Dominican and the continental U.S., in the first half of the nineteenth century,
provides a rich background for what Sara Johnson-La O calls the
"inter-island" aesthetic in literature, art, and musics of the
Yingjin Zhang received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from
Stanford University in 1992, and has been teaching in East Asian Languages and
Cultures and Comparative Literature at Indiana University. He joins our
department July 1, 2001, as Professor of Modern and Contemporary Chinese
Literature and Culture. Professor Zhang's research and teaching interests
include film and media studies and urban and visual culture. His first book, The
City in Modern Chinese Literature and Film: Configurations of Space, Time and
Gender (Stanford UP, 1996) studies the city/country antithesis in modern
Chinese literary history, giving attention to the representation of Beijing and
Shanghai as "traditional" and "modern" cities. His
forthcoming Screening China: Critical Interventions, Cinematic
Reconfigurations, and the Transnational Imaginary in Contemporary Chinese Cinema
(University of Michigan Press) takes up the "global cultural politics"
of Chinese cinema from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the People's Republic of China,
considering both the representation of China in Chinese films and the critical
discourse, especially western transnational discourse, that selectively
interprets Chinese cinema. He has edited two collections: China in a
Polycentric World (Stanford UP, 1998) is a volume of essays that propose a
shift from a model of Chinese-Western comparativism to a critical reading of
Chinese or China-related texts using a variety of new critical approaches; the
volume Cinema and Urban Culture in Shanghai, 1922-1943, establishes
cinema as a vital force in early twentieth-century Shanghai culture.
Professor Fanny Howe is retiring from the Literature
Department at the end of June 2001. When she first came to UCSD as a lecturer in
1987, Professor Howe had already established herself as a significant fiction
writer and poet, having taught for many years at M.I.T. while living in the
Boston area. She had established a reputation as an author of novels for young
women and had published with experimental fiction houses such as the Fiction
Collective. Since coming to UCSD she has published over twenty books of poetry,
fiction, essays, and stories, culminating in the University of California Press'
publication of her Selected Poems last year in its distinguished
"New California Poetry" series.
Fanny Howe's poems and stories have been published in major venues such as The
New Yorker and Ploughshares as well as important avant garde
periodicals such as Temblor and o-blek. The British journal, spectacular
diseases, published an issue devoted to her work, and Gale Research's
"Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series" has published her personal
narrative. She has appeared as Guest Poet at the Library of Congress, and
received a National Poetry Foundation Award, among many other prizes and honors.
Along with Rae Armantrout, Professor Howe coordinated the "Page
Mothers" conference in 1999, an event that brought poets and scholars from
around the country to UCSD to participate in a weekend symposium on issues of
women's writing and experimental forms.
As a teacher and university citizen, Fanny Howe has made a powerful impact,
teaching hundreds of our writing students, many of whom have gone on to
establish their own literary careers. She has coordinated the Writing major with
great success, bringing distinguished visitors to teach at UCSD, and she has
been an energetic, generous supporter of undergraduate arts in general, serving
as the judge for numerous literary awards and prizes and working extensively
with students in Visual Arts, Music and Theatre. In recognition of her
contributions, she was awarded the 1998-99 Chancellor's Associates Award for
Excellence in the Arts. Professor Howe's loyal stewardship of the Writing
program at UCSD will be missed, along with her self-effacing yet intense
commitment to social justice, both on and off campus. We wish Fanny Howe the
very best for her future career.
Lisa Lowe, Chair
Michael Davidson, Vice Chair
Lecturer Robert Dorn will be retiring at the end of this
academic year. We will be sorry no longer to have him with us on a regular
basis. On behalf of the Department of Literature, we would like to express our
deep appreciation for his contributions to the writing program over so many
years--as a Lecturer since the early '80s and even further back to the late '70s
when he first taught here as an Associate in Writing. His expertise as a
practicing journalist and experience in investigative reporting have been
invaluable to the many students enrolled in his writing workshops. And his
willingness to guide students in the production of their own journal, OOPs,
and to supervise a student or two each quarter in the Academic Intern Program
has been most generous. We wish him the best as he begins this new stage in his
life and work.
Lisa Lowe, Chair
Michael Davidson, Vice Chair
The Department of Literature is losing two fine lecturers: David
Kuchta has accepted a position as Adjunct Professor of History at the
University of New England, and Jeff Geoghegan has accepted a
position as Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible in the Department of Theology at
Boston College. As Assistant Directors of the Humanities Program, David and Jeff
made enormous contributions to the education of UCSD students. They will be
Stephen Cox, Director
Donald Matson is retiring from the Literature Department and
the Warren College Writing Program after many years at UCSD--first as graduate
student, receiving his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature in 1988, and thereafter
as a lecturer in the Writing Program. He is not retiring from writing, however,
and has begun a book about his coming trans-Pacific single-handed sailing
adventure in a thirty-four foot sloop. The faculty and staff of Warren Writing
wish to express their appreciation to Donald Matson for his steadfast commitment
to the program.
Linda Brodkey, Director
Warren College Writng Program
Alain J.-J. Cohen, "Virtual Hollywood and the Genealogy
of its Hyper-Spectator," Hollywood Spectatorship: Changing Perceptions
of Cinema Audiences, eds. M. Stokes and R. Maltby. London: British Film
Institute, 2001: 152-164.
Ed. and Notes, "George Oppen: Twenty-Six Fragments," Facture,
2 (Spring 2001): 5-12.
Guest Ed., Review of Contemporary Fiction, 21.1 (Spring 2001), Special
Issue on David Antin.
"Introducing David Antin," Review of Contemporary Fiction,
21.1 (Spring 2001): 7-9.
"A David Antin Checklist," Review of Contemporary Fiction,
21.1 (Spring 2001): 182-185.
"Renaming Black Masculinity: The Example of Stephen Jonas," Facture,
"Missing Larry: The Poetics of Disability in the Work of Larry
Eigner," Sagetrieb, 18.1 (Spring, 2001).
David Klowden, "Ken Burns' Bomb," The Moving
Image, 2 (forthcoming, Fall 2001).
"Toward a Critical Modernity," Anglistica, 4.1
"Utopia and Modernity: Some Observations from the Border," Rethinking
Marxism, 13.2 (Summer 2001): 10-18.
"Brimming the Flow..." (Poem), Facture, 2 (2001),
eds., Lindsay Hill and Paul Naylor.
"Beaten City" (Chinese poem), "Literary Supplement,"United
Daily, May 6, 2001, with a review of his poetry since Fugue (1961)
by Chen Chia-tai (same page, same issue).
"Fugue," "Pastiches from Taiwan Countryside" (four
selections), "Quest," and "Traveling in Spring," Frontier
Taiwan: an Anthology of Modern Chinese Poetry, eds. Michelle Yeh and N. G.
D. Malmqvist. Columbia University Press, 2001.
Lisa Yoneyama, "The Media's Public-ity and Violence of
Representation: On the Alteration of the NHK Program 'Problematizing Wartime
Sexual Violence'" [Media no kokyosei to hyosho no boryoku: NHK
"towareru senji seiboryoku" kaihen o megutte], Sekai (July
and Other Achievements
Fanny Howe has won a Gold Medal from The Commonwealth Club
of California for her Selected Poems (UC Press, 2000), and has been
short-listed for the Griffin Prize, an international poetry prize in Toronto,
also for Selected Poems.
Milos Kokotovic has been awarded a 200l-02 Hellman Fellowship
to support research for and writing of his book in progress, The Andean
Contours of Modernity: Narratives of Nation, Modernization, and Ethnic Conflict
in Peru (1940-1995).
Graduate Program Colloquium: How to Prepare Job
Application Materials, for all Ph.D. students planning to seek academic
employment in Fall 2001
Monday, June 4, 4:15 p.m.
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building
The 2001 Graduate Studies Commencement will be held Saturday,
June 16, at 2:00 p.m., in the RIMAC Arena.
UC President's Research Fellowships in the Humanities, 2002-03
Approximately 18 awards of up to $25,000 will be awarded through a
universitywide competition. The fellowships may be used to supplement sabbatical
leave or extramural funds to assist in providing a fully paid leave period.
Active ladder-rank faculty, including lecturers who are members of the Academic
Senate, doing research in the Humanities are eligible to apply; Assistant
Professors are encouraged to apply. Applications must be received by October
12, 2001. Additional information and application materials are
available at http://www.ucop.edu/research/prfh.html;
or by contacting President's Research Fellowships in the Humanities, UC Office
of the President, 1111 Franklin Street, 11th Floor, Oakland CA
94607-5200; (510) 987-9472; or firstname.lastname@example.org
UCSD Civic Collaborative
Since its inception nearly three years ago, the Civic Collaborative has
been working to establish closer, more productive ties between the campus and
the communities of the San Diego region. It has created the San Diego Regional
Studies Network to put scholars and interested citizens in contact with one
another for the dissemination of ideas and information of relevance to the local
region (more information about the network is available at www.ucsd-civic-collaborative.org).
The collaborative will be sending out a request for proposals shortly after
Fall Quarter begins for mini-grants in amounts up to $6,000, available to
faculty and graduate and undergraduate students. Proposed projects must add to
knowledge of the region or otherwise help improve the qualify of life in the
University of California Humanities Research Institute Call for Program
2003-04 Resident Research Groups. HRI is currently
inviting proposals for research groups to be in residence at the institute in
2003-04. The Advisory Committee will select recipients at its Winter 2002
meeting. Proposals must be received by December 14, 2001. HRI
will host a workshop for developing research group proposals on October 12,
2001. For further information call (949) 824-8180.
2002-03 Conferences. HRI conference grants range from
$5,000 to $15,000, but rarely exceed $10,000. Grants require at least 50% in
matching funds from campus or other sources. The HRI Advisory Committee will
award conference grants for 2002-03 at its Fall 2001 meeting. Proposals must
be received by October 15, 2001.
2002-03 Seminars. HRI seminar grants range from $3,000 to
$5,000 and are awarded with the expectation of an additional 50% in matching
funds. Proposals should address the benefits of hosting a one- or two-day
event that assembles scholars from the UC system and other universities to
discuss a particular research issue. The Advisory Committee will award seminar
grants for 2002-2003 at its Fall 2001 meeting. Proposals must be received by October
Further information is located on the HRI website at http://www.hri.uci.edu.
You may also wish to discuss proposal ideas with Lisa Lowe, UCSD representative
on the 2001-2002 Advisory Committee.
National Humanities Center Fellowships, 2002-03
The Center offers 40 residential academic-year fellowships for advanced
study. Applicants must hold the doctorate or have equivalent scholarly
credentials, and a record of publication is expected. Both senior and younger
scholars are eligible, but the latter should be engaged in research well beyond
revision of a doctoral dissertations. Fellowships are open to scholars from any
nation and to humanistically inclined individuals from the natural and social
sciences, the arts, the professions, and public life, as well as from all fields
of the humanities. Stipends up to $50,000 are individually determined; travel
expenses for fellows and dependents are provided.
The center, located near Chapel Hill, NC, offers private studies, a reference
library, editorial and software assistance, and support for information
technology. Applications and letters of recom-mendation must be postmarked by October
15, 2001. For application materials, contact The Fellowship Program,
National Humanities Center, P O Box 12256, Research Triangle Park, NC
27709-2256; or http://www.nhc.rtp.nc.us